Circle said it intends to select suitable partners with whom it can evaluate and develop  prospects on the permit

Circle Oil, the Cork-based oil and gas exploration company that is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market in London, has been given approval to r(...)

Yemeni activists hold a banner with pictures of kidnapped French Isabelle Prime and her Yemeni colleague during a protest in Sanaa, Yemen. Photograph: AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

A French woman abducted in Yemen in February has been freed, President Francois Hollande’s office said on Friday, adding that he would welcome her bac(...)

Circle Oil, which is focused on oil and gas exploration and production in Morocco, Tunisia, Oman and Egypt, has a 75 per cent interest in the Lalla Mimouna permit

Circle Oil, the Limerick-based oil and gas exploration company that is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market in London, has reported positive re(...)

An airport employee  monitors a screen as travelers walk past a thermoscan checking their body temperature upon their arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photograph:  Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

One of Thailand’s leading hospitals, known for treating medical tourists, said on Friday it had received the country’s first case of Middle East Resp(...)

People stand in front of buildings damaged by a Saudi-led air strike that hit the Yemeni army’s main headquarters in Sanaa, June 7th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 44 people during an attack on the main headquarters of the Yemeni army in central Sanaa on Sunday, the state new(...)

People taking pictures as the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 takes off for Hawaii from Nanjing Lukou International Airport in China. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

A solar plane attempting to fly around the world without a drop of fuel is making an unscheduled stop in Japan due to bad weather. The Swiss pilot of (...)

 King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

The decision of King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf leaders not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders outside Washin(...)

Jordan’s Queen Rania holds a picture of pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh who was executed by the Islamic State earlier this year. Photograph: Petra News Agency/Reuters

Jordan is a comfort zone in this war-wretched region, a land of relative stability that has survived the violent flowering of the Arab Spring although(...)

Skipper Sidney Gavignet (right) and crew of Musandam–Oman Sail celebrate breaking the 20-year-old Round Ireland record on arrival at the National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire Photograph: Eric Luke 0:38

A new round-Ireland record by sail has been set on Wednesday by an Omani trimaran skippered by French sailor Sidney Gavignet. Musandam-Oman Sail, whic(...)

The US guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut. The vessel has been sent to the     monitor the situation after receiving a distress call from a cargo ship that was apparently fired on and boarded by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz.  File photograph: Aaron Chase/US Navy handout/Reuters

Iranian forces boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship in the Gulf after patrol boats fired warning shots across its bow and ordered it deeper i(...)